Dr Anthony Herbert

What is Medical Engineering?

Medical Engineering is the application of mechanical engineering principles to the fields of medicine, medical device design, sports science and rehabilitation. More specifically, it applies the skills of design, mechanics, materials, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics to the development and translation of medical technologies to restore or maintain the function, health and well-being of patients. Strict regulatory standards govern this process to ensure transparency and prevent harm.

Why do I work in Medical Engineering?

I’ve always maintained a keen interest in the mechanics of materials and particularly biological materials such as cartilage, bone and ligaments. From an engineering perspective, I have always found these materials fascinating and unique. Nature creates with purpose - everything about us is designed in a particular way for a particular reason. I believe that understanding how biological materials are composed and function mechanically gives insight into why they are created in the manner they are. This knowledge can then be put to good use in designing and manufacturing replacements for these materials should they happen to become diseased or damaged - like with cartilage from osteoarthritis or torn ligaments.

My early research career began here at Leeds in the world leading Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering which joins the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of Biological Science. Leading themes within the institute include experimental joint simulation, computational modelling and tissue engineering. Spending time here in the company of pioneering researchers and educators, working on clinically driven challenges in these interesting and diverse themes has inspired me to use my training to positively impact and contribute to society.

Why study at Leeds?

According to a recent Science and Innovation Audit sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, there is over 250 businesses specialising in medical technologies within the Leeds City Region alone, contributing heavily to a UK sector turnover expected to rise by £10 billion in the next 5 years. Globally, the medical technologies market was estimated to be worth $371 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow to $529.8 billion by 2022.

I am confident that the Medical Engineering programme at Leeds has all the necessary ingredients to equip students to face the world as knowledgeable, skilled, complete individuals capable of gainful employment in this diverse and growing sector. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers also recognises this, as evidenced by their continued accreditation of our programmes.

If you have any course specific questions please contact me via email: A.Herbert@leeds.ac.uk

For any questions relating to the admissions process and/or your current application please contact our admissions team: 

Undergraduate – ugmech@leeds.ac.uk

Masters – pgmech@leeds.ac.uk